A Sony Pictures Entertainment phone directory obtained by Daily Variety Thursday showed that alleged sex peddler Ivan Nagy had an office on the Columbia Pictures lot as recently as 10 months ago.
The phone directory listed Nagy — the ex-boyfriend of alleged Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss — at a number and office in a building on Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City. Calls to the number on the list confirmed that it was on the lot, but when Nagy’s name was mentioned, the calls were terminated.
The reason for Nagy’s apparent office space on the lot is still unclear. But it is common practice in Hollywood for an indie producer to rent or lease space at major studio facilities, even if the project he’s working on is not financed or released by that studio.
Meanwhile, sources also said Thursday that local, state and federal investigations were under way into links between Fleiss, Nagy and studio money.
Nagy, a onetime director of “Starsky and Hutch,” was arrested last week on suspicion of pandering or running a call girl ring. Reports have indicated that he and Fleiss may have provided girls and drugs to Hollywood studio execs and stars.
A Sony spokesman declined comment on the phone list after being given a lengthy description of its contents, including the Oct. 14, 1992, date on page 51 of the document.
The spokesman further declinedan invitation to question or verify the authenticity of the list, which says Nagy’s office was located in room 250 of the Motor/Venice building.
Numerous other listings in the SPE phone directory were verified as complete and accurate.
One studio source said execs were attempting Thursday to gather up old phone lists in a reported effort to disassociate the studio from Nagy.
A Sony spokesman also declined comment on whether lists were being gathered for disposal.
The listing looks to be the first concrete link between Nagy and Sony. As reported last week, Nagy and producer Brad Wyman offered “Skinner,” a film Nagy directed about the seamy side of L.A. prostitution, to Col TriStar Home Video for a distrib deal, which was turned down.
Nagy was reportedly friends with Michael Nathanson, a former Col prexy of production. Nathanson told the Los Angeles Times he had known Nagy professionally for years, but denied any wrongdoing.
Police are also investigating possible links between Nagy and the drug overdose death of a 22-year-old woman. Laurie Dolan died March 2, three days after she was taken to the hospital by an associate of Fleiss and Nagy.
Early Thursday evening, police said Nagy’s Century City apartment was vandalized by an unknown gunman, who shot four bullets through the windows. Nagy was reportedly in Washington taping an episode of “The Larry King Show.”
Fleiss pleaded not guilty Monday in Los Angeles Municipal Court to five counts of prostitution and one count of selling cocaine.
Investigations are reportedly under way at numerous agencies, including the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills police departments, the Dept. of Justice through the California Attorney General’s office, the State Alcohol & Beverage Control Commission and the Internal Revenue Service.
An FBI spokesman said the agency was not investigating SPE or Columbia Pictures. Beverly Hills police referred calls to the LAPD. Representatives reached at the IRS, Alcohol & Beverage Control and the attorney general’s office declined to comment on any possible investigation into studio links.
Sources said Nagy and Fleiss have not communicated since his arrest. But the 55-year-old director gave a page of Fleiss’ “little black book” of studio exec and star names to the New York Daily News.
The page listed an office number for Col exec veep of production Barry Josephson, who has been with the studio for roughly two years and has been involved with such action flicks as “Last Action Hero” and “Striking Distance.”
Josephson has referred calls to Colpix senior veep Mark Gill.